Dynamite

Dynamite Magazine

If you were a kid of the 70s and 80s, there’s a pretty good chance that you remember Dynamite magazine. One of the most popular kids-oriented publications of the era, Dynamite was where you learned about your favorite celebrities and teen idols, played games and puzzles, and got some really cool stuff, like a 3D King Kong poster (glasses included). Published from 1974-1992, and distributed by schoolteachers through Scholastic Press, Dynamite was a magazine that most every kid wanted to check out for at least a few minutes, and if you didn’t order your very own issue, you tried to borrow (or steal) a friend's copy. Continue reading...

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

Though much of modern history, we have set aside February 14th as a special day to collectively show our love and affection to those we fondly regard in our lives. For the adults of the world, it's a day of chocolates and cupids, of roses and romance, of candlelight dinners and diamonds. For the younger among us, things have always been a bit more innocent and, thankfully, inexpensive. But, whether you loved it or loathed it as a kid, the mere mention of Valentine's Day is certain to bring back memories of crushes and candy and classroom activities - childhood traditions that endure to this day. Continue reading...

School Scents

School Scents

It is truly amazing to consider the role that scents play in our ability to recall the past. One whiff of a certain smell can transport us right back to our childhood as if it were yesterday. And when posters on Retroland were once asked to name their favorite scents from their school days, they weren’t shy about voicing their opinions. Here are the five fragrances that were most often mentioned. Continue reading...

First Day of School

First Day of School

For millions of kids around the country, September traditionally marks the end of one of the most beloved traditions of childhood, summer vacation, and begins a new year - with new teachers, new desks, new lockers, and perhaps even new friends. It could be invigorating or traumatic, short or long, but there was no mistaking its significance - another year older and soon to be wiser. That's right, we're talking about the first day of school. Continue reading...

Back To School Shopping

Back To School Shopping

The days of summer were in their twilight. In mere weeks, it would be time to pull the jackets out of the closet, head sleepily to the bus stop and bid summer vacation a sad farewell. There was only one thing left to complete this childhood transition – engage in a bit of (groan) back to school shopping. Continue reading...

Last Day of School

Last Day of School

Pure elation. Exhilaration and relief. After nine months of pent-up frustration, rigid order and pseudo-structured time-management as dictated by those who couldn’t actually “do,” the bell rings and you are FREE. What will you do with an entire summer ahead of you? Run, jump, hike, fish, play ball, go on vacation, stay up late watching monster movies with your friends, attend sleepovers, campouts, beach trips…the list seems as endless as summer on the last day of school. Continue reading...

Book Fairs

Book Fairs

For over 25 years, Scholastic Book Fairs have been delighting children, parents, teachers, principals and school librarians. They encourage a love of reading within a fun environment where a child can pick and choose his or her own books, indulging themselves into a love of mystery, history, scientific experiments and science fiction – and so much more. It brings the convenience of a bookstore right to the school. Let's take a look back at this traditional school activity. Continue reading...

Substitute Teachers

Substitute Teachers

Going to school always involved a certain amount of monotony. You had the same schedule each day, the same boring routine. But there was one particular instance when things were shaken up a bit, when you knew that your day would be decidedly different, for better or worse. It all started when you walked into class and noticed a less familiar face sitting at the teacher’s desk. This could only mean one thing – “We have a sub today!” Continue reading...

Staring Contests

Staring Contests

While many cultures frown upon direct eye contact, it's long been seen as a symbol of honesty, integrity, even dominance, in the western world. And, although children are generally taught that it's rude to stare, that hasn't stopped them from engaging in a time-honored childhood ritual known as the staring contest. Whether in a classroom, on a playground, or any other place children congregate, it takes neither strength nor wits, just pure concentration. Continue reading...

School Lockers

School Lockers

Almost everyone has vivid memories of their school lockers. Whether stacked in pairs or skinny and tall, or for those who went to a less populated school – wide and tall enough to place a scrawny kid inside – lockers have been a memorable part of the school experience for many a decade. Continue reading...